|Berry Becomes Lone Star's All-Time
Leading Rider, Zimmerman Collects 1,000th Win of His Career
(May 6, 2007) - Jockeys Cliff Berry and Ramsey Zimmerman
reached professional milestones Sunday at Lone Star Park in Grand
Prairie, Texas. Berry became Lone Star Park's all-time leading rider
and Zimmerman rode the 1,000th winner of his career.
Berry snapped a tie with Corey Lanerie (who rode regularly at Lone
Star Park from 1997-2003) as the track's career win leader when
Haveuseenthelight gave him his 478th trip to the Lone Star Park
winner's circle in Sunday's fifth race. The 44-year-old Joplin,
Mo. native now holds the career win records for both Lone Star and
"It's been fantastic," said Berry, who has won the last
two riding titles at Lone Star, including a single season record
103 victories last year. "I remember the first year here (1997)
and I didn't even have an agent. I just love horse racing. I've
been riding since I was in high school and surely I've learned a
few things along the way. This milestone goes out to all of the
owners and trainers who let me ride fast horses."
Berry, who pulled within 36 victories of his 3,000th Thoroughbred
win in a 26-year riding career, has ridden regularly at Lone Star
since the racetrack opened 10 years ago in 1997. He only missed
the 1998 season due to injury.
Zimmerman, who began the day tied with Berry atop the jockey standings
in his first season at Lone Star, piloted Spend a Web to victory
in the sixth race for career win No. 1,000. It was the second of
three wins on the afternoon for the 25-year-old native of Palm Beach,
"I've been around horses my whole life, and I've always been
small enough, and this is what I've always what I wanted to do,"
said Zimmerman, who rode his first winner at Fairmount Park on May
21, 1998 at the age of 16. "I came up in Chicago, and at the
time they had a really strong jockey colony, and I looked up to
guys like Earlie Fires, Mark Guidry and Carlos Silva."
Zimmerman won a career-high 326 races in 2004, which ranked fourth
nationally behind Rafael Bejarano, Ramon Dominguez and John Velazquez.
After finishing second to Chris Emigh at the 2006 Hawthorne Fall
Meeting, he moved his tack to Fair Grounds where he was eighth in
the standings with 41 wins.
In his first season at Lone Star, he's been riding horses for the
top two trainers, Bret Calhoun and Cody Autrey. "I have a lot
of good people behind me and I'm just happy to be here," Zimmerman
Record $3.4 Million Bet at Lone Star Park on Kentucky Derby
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie set a single day Spring Thoroughbred
Season on-track handle record Saturday as the 15,961 in attendance
wagered $3,452,423 on Kentucky Derby Day. Saturday's total eclipsed
the previous mark of $3,412,462 bet on Kentucky Derby Day in 2004.
A track record $2,558,843 was wagered on simulcasts - eclipsing
last year's $2,466,823 on Kentucky Derby Day - and another $893,580
was bet on the 12 live races. The record wagering represented a
3.7% increase from last year's Derby Day total of $3,330,245.
Local wagering on Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Day program totaled
$1,610,723, including $1,117,811 on "The Run for the Roses."
Lone Star's Drive-Thru Wagering business at Gate 2 also was a record
as 878 cars passed through the service lanes and wagered $154,786,
a 39% increase from last year's $111,246.
Saturday's Lone Star Park wagering total was the third highest
in track history, only behind the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Championships
($13,603,202) and the day before that year's Breeders' Cup ($4,005,985).
Top 10 Lone Star Park Spring Thoroughbred Season On-Track Total
1. $3,452,423, Saturday, May 5, 2007, Kentucky Derby Day
2. $3,412,462, Saturday, May 1, 2004, Kentucky Derby Day
3. $3,356,951, Saturday, May 6, 2000, Kentucky Derby Day
4. $3,330,245, Saturday, May 6, 2006, Kentucky Derby Day
5. $3,309,426, Saturday, May 3, 2003, Kentucky Derby Day
6. $3,277,522, Saturday, May 4, 2002, Kentucky Derby Day
7. $3,144,103, Saturday, June 5, 2004, Belmont Stakes Day
8. $3,132,970, Saturday, May 7, 2005, Kentucky Derby Day
9. $3,130,221, Saturday, May 1, 1999, Kentucky Derby Day
10. $3,076,926, Saturday, June 8, 2002, Belmont Stakes Day
Down the Stretch
Sunday's early Daily Double of longshots Mr. Kryptonite at odds
of 40-1 and Chaco Latte at 18-1 paid a track record $9,437.40 for
a $1 ticket. Mr. Kryptonite won the first race and paid $82.80 to
win, while Chaco Latte returned $38.80 in the second. The previous
record was $3,016.80, which linked Shawnee Wind ($35.20) and Tulipan
($81.60) on July 18, 1998 . . .
The field for next Saturday's Grade III, $300,000 Lone Star Derby
is beginning to take shape. According to stakes coordinator Mike
Shamburg, the following horses are probable starters (with trainer):
Illinois Derby runner-up Reporting for Duty (Steve Asmussen); Rushaway
Stakes third Reata's Rocket (Joe Orseno); Northern Spur Breeders'
Cup Stakes one-two Takedown (Asmussen) and Harrow Land (Tony Reinstedler);
Oaklawn Park allowance winners Moyer's Pond (Reinstedler) and Slew
By Slew (Donnie K. Von Hemel); Lone Star Park allowance winner Mr.
Nightlinger (Bret Calhoun); and Sam Houston maiden winners Gold
Wonder (Kamal Sheena) and Taksent (Eddie Webb). Possible entrants
include Lexington Stakes winner Slew's Tizzy (Greg Fox) as well
as third and fourth place finishers Forty Grams (Asmussen) and Trust
Your Luck (Helen Pitts); WinStar Derby champ Song of Navarone (Henry
Dominguez); Northern Spur Breeders' Cup third Speedway (Bernie Flint);
and Keeneland allowance winner Sahara Heat (Eoin Harty) . . .
A plane transporting Kentucky-based Lone Star Derby participants
is due in Dallas on Wednesday . . .
Live racing at Lone Star Park resumes Thursday at 6:35 p.m. CT
for the start of Week 5 of the 16-week meeting . . .
"Party at the Park" returns to the Courtyard of Champions
on Friday night with drinks specials and live music by Ice House
from 7-11 p.m. . . .
Lone Star Park customers will receive a free commemorative Lone
Star Derby glassware set on Saturday with a paid general admission
while supplies last. The glasses pay tribute to the past Lone Star
Derby winners: Anet (1997), Smolderin Heart (1998), T.B. Track Star
(1999), Tahkodha Hills (2000), Percy Hope (2001), Wiseman's Ferry
(2002), Dynever (2003), Pollard's Vision (2004), Southern Africa
(2005) and Wanna Runner (2006) . . .
Lone Star Derby Day entertainment includes live country music by
Scott Whitaker between races in the Courtyard of Champions from
12-4 p.m. and bounce houses for children on the lawn area in front
of the Post Time Pavilion. . .
The Lone Star Derby is one of three stakes races on Saturday. There
also will be $125,000 divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes for
3-year-old progeny of nominated Texas-based stallions. Both the
Stymie Division (colts and geldings) and Got Koko Division (fillies)
will be run at 1 1/16 miles . . .
The first 500 women (age 21 and over) to attend Lone Star Park
for Sunday's nine-race Mother's Day program will get a chance to
dig to a real diamond on the main track after the last race. The
diamond, valued at $2,500, will be buried in a section of the main
track near the finish line and contestants will use spoons to find
it . . .
Sundays also doubles as Senior Citizen's Day where all patrons
age 62 and up will receive free general admission with proof of